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City Pastor involved in shooting after daughter’s kidnap scare

By Marvin Ocol

Pastor Umar Mulinde has found himself mixed in a Tuesday night shooting at Bwebajja, a matter now under investigation.

It is alleged Pastor Mulinde of Gospel Life Church International made an alarm that attracted a response from his bodyguard. Police Constable Patrick Ogwang.

Pastor Mulinde claimed that his daughter Yayeli Mulungi, 7, had been kidnapped by a lady driving Spacio UAV 202 W, which he drove passed at his gate as he entered his home in Kawuku.

The Pastor and PC Ogwang jumped in their car in pursuit of the alleged kidnapper.

The vehicle was intercepted after PC Ogwang shot its tyres. 

Upon inspecting the car, the alleged kidnapped child wasn’t found inside. The area police responded and it has since been established that the alleged kidnapper is a sister-in-law to Pastor Mulinde and has been identified as Julie Mukula, a resident of Lweza. She alleges that she is known to the pastor and she has been visiting their home very often.

On the fateful day, she was concerned with reports from the pastor’s eldest child, who claimed that her two siblings were sick at home.

She said she visited the home and took them to hospital for treatment, an action the pastor thought was a kidnap and a pursuit.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire confirmed the incident saying “No one was injured in the incident.” 

However, he said he police have opened up a general inquiry file to ascertain the facts behind the incident. 

It should, however, be noted that the Pastor alleges his wife, whom they separated with and now leaves in the USA, has a calculated move with her sister to take away the children from his custody . 

“Investigations are still on going. We have impounded the vehicle and it is parked at Kajjansi CPS. We have also exhibited the gun that was used in the shooting,” Owoyesigyire said.

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